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The Assembly

 RECALLING Article 15(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety,

 NOTING the current extensive use of fast rescue boats, in particular offshore activities for rescue purposes,

 RECALLING the intent of the 1983 amendments to chapter III of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, regarding life-saving appliances, in particular rescue boats,

 BEING OF THE OPINION that fast rescue boats are of value in certain circumstances for the rescue, in particular or persons involved in offshore operations,

 RECOGNIZING THEREFORE the need for the development of guidelines for fast rescue boats,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Maritime Safety Committee at its fifty-seventh session,

  1. ADOPTS the Guidelines for Fast Rescue Boats contained in the Annex to this resolution;

  2. INVITES all Governments concerned:

  • (a) to take appropriate steps to give effect to the Guidelines for Fast Rescue Boats as early as possible;

  • (b) to inform the Organization on measures taken in this respect.


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